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This table was initially inspired by a bridge on the 15 fwy on the way to San Diego Ca. I was consumed to build something with an arc intersecting the table top. I didn't really have a definitive plan beyond that and began to build, redesigning as I went. The table consists mostly of Walnut with a Cocobolo veneered top, and Jarra (wavy) supports. The arcs are Walnut bent lamination and are solid throughout. They intersect at the base with large stopped sliding dovetails. For the intersection of the arc and table top I cut boards in half, traced the arc pattern and routed out the material, essentially a large inlay, then glued them together again. This allowed the arc to remain unbroken. The bottom supports are mortise and tennon joinery. The waves are offset one inch from each other left to right and up to down. The intent was to create some sense of motion.
This project took several months off and on, and was a real skill developing project for me. I also wanted to design and build something different. Sometimes I love it and sometimes not, but as woodworkers we are our harshest critics. Any feedback or criticism is welcome.

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It's quite different an beautifull.
 

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I'm not a big fan of contemporary furniture, but I really like the design of this table. I think you've definitely created the sense of motion you were after. The "water" does seem to move under the bridge. Beautiful choice of woods. Thanks for the post.
 

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Sweet design. It works on many levels.
 

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Exquisite craftsmanship and design!
Thanks for posting,
 

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Wow. How great to see a successful, original and inspired design. And I'll bet you Did learn a lot from the joinery. Your wave concept below the table top is perfect. I always figure if a design can be artistically pleasing and presents itself needing no explanation, it is a success. How many times have we seen something and thought, 'What was the intent here?' only to need a verbal explanation of it to see the concept, if at all. This one works, as Paul said, on many levels. You say you are your own worst critic. I'm wondering what it would look like with the table top lowered, if by only an inch or so? This is where drawings and prototypes would come in handy, to play with it before committing, or 'designing on the fly' as you say you did. But it is beautiful the way it is. Really lovely. Thanks for showing us your new work!
 

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I know that exact bridge you are talking about. That's the Lilac Road bridge.

Great design and execution!
 

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Great job!!!! Love the design very elegant.
 

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Here's the bridge. Isn't google streets cool!

 

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That's the bridge. I initially wanted the arc to meet the top like the bridge but felt like the top would either require some additional supports towards the ends or have to be too thick for my liking. The supports I built just didn't look right so I changed the design. I also took some creative license with the water idea. I did wind up using this initial theme on my sofa table however. Thanks for the photo GaryK.
 

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Nicely done!
 

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Cool design.
 

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If your going to the San Diego fair, this table is on display at the design in wood competition starting tomorrow until July 4th.
 

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Wonderful flow in the design! Love it!
Joinery and colours are just perfect
// Per
 

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Really cool design. That would be a challenging project for me.
 
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